Following recent announcement by Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg to merge Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, he has now come out to explain his rethinking of the platforms by “2020 or beyond.”
According to him during the company’s quarterly earnings call, Facebook wants to make it easier to send messages across its apps.
“We’re really early in thinking through this. There’s a lot more we need to figure out before we finalize the plan.”
“The first reason I’m excited is moving more to end to end encryption by default in our products. People like this in WhatsApp. I think it’s the direction we should be going in. I think there’s an opportunity … to have encryption work in a consistent way across the things that we’re doing.”
Zuckerberg also stated that there would be practical benefits to allowing people to send messages between apps. In countries where WhatsApp is dominant, for example, being able to message a Facebook Marketplace seller via WhatsApp instead of Messenger might be more convenient. He also said the “tens of millions” Android users who currently use Messenger as their default SMS app would benefit from having encryption enabled as a default.